As we enter the new year and leave the holidays behind, now is a good time to resume our healthier eating habits. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be as hard as you may think. It can be as simple as swapping out as starting your day off with the right breakfast for all vitamins and healthy nutrients!
Recently, there has been a few requests for one of my favorite smoothie recipes. I call it “Everything But The Kitchen Sink Smoothie” because you can put almost anything into the drink, but the kitchen sink!
Below is the recipe, including my tips and tricks to this wonderful breakfast or snack.
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Smoothie:
Makes 2 (generous) 8 oz servings.
16 ounces plain kefir milk
1 -2 cups pre-washed loose leaf baby spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen or 1/2 whole raw avocado
1 container of Dr. Marilyn Hart’s prepared power blend. (See below)
Optional: Add a layer of frozen mango, peaches, cherries or dragon fruit. 3-4 small whole canned beets can also be used. Kern’s Nectar, any flavor of your choosing, may be added as needed for desired consistency.
In a blender, mix together all of the ingredients and continue to purée as needed until it’s smooth and creamy. Voila! You made a smoothie!
Dr. Marilyn Hart’s Prepared Power Blend:
This can be made in advance, like in an assembly line, and stored in individual containers for convenience.
1 scoop collagen peptides
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1/2 scoop prebiotic (inulin) fiber
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 scoop ground flax meal
1 scoop unsweetened matcha powder
1 scoop of dry milk for more calcium
Just a Few Notes:
Be creative – you may get some unusual colors but it will still taste good!
Also, if you happen to not guzzle it all down, you can refrigerate the leftovers until the next day.
Marilyn M. Hart, MD, is a recently retired, board certified Family Practice Physician, residing in Tucson, Arizona. Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Hart attended Thomas Jefferson Medical School and the University of Virginia. She has practiced medicine in four different states and eventually settled in Tucson, where she and her husband, Philip McIntyre, raised their three children and have lived for 27 years. Dr. Hart enjoys spending time with her new grandsons, being involved with music in any form, reading, mahjong cards, museums, and being with people.
In 2017, Dr. Hart was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is actively living and participating in the PD community. She is a PMD Alliance Ambassador.